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Towards the Paris Protocol

Miguel Arias Cañete, EU Commissioner for Climate Action
Every person and every country of the world stand to benefit if we can prevent climate change from reaching dangerous levels. Paris presents us with the opportunity to do this and we must grab it with both hands.
Commissioner Miguel Arias Cañete
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič
A more energy-efficient, low-carbon economy is the cornerstone of the energy union. If we scale-up domestic policies and international cooperation, we can achieve it: it is a matter of political will.
Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič

All countries that are members of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) – 195 nations, plus the EU – have agreed to adopt a new global climate agreement in Paris in December 2015 which will take effect in 2020.

The EU has set out its vision for the new agreement, which aims to limit the rise in global average surface temperature to below 2°C compared to pre-industrial times to avoid the most dangerous impacts of climate change.

EU action areas

The EU is already taking action to curb greenhouse gas emissions in all areas of its activity. This means more efficient use of less polluting energy, cleaner and more balanced transport options, more environmentally-friendly land-use and agriculture, more sustainable and resilient cities, and fewer emissions from all sectors of our economy.

This website presents some examples of the EU's most successful policies, legislation and initiatives to fight climate change. The list is by no means exhaustive but gives an idea of the extent of our activities and aims to provide examples of interest and inspire further action around the world.